How to Fix RUST FPS Drop Issue on PC

Many players have observed FPS drops in RUST, which could be due to a variety of issues. It could be an issue with your computer’s hardware, your graphics settings, or the game’s files. You’ll need to use a variety of troubleshooting methods to fix this.

RUST is a multiplayer online survival game available on Steam. The main objective of the game is to stay alive on the map by accumulating resources and stealing equipment from nearby RUST players. Players must also keep track of their health, thirst, and hunger to prevent death during the game.

How do I stop FPS drops in RUST?

How do I stop FPS drops in RUST?

When playing RUST, you may notice that the game stutters, freezes for a brief moment, or has a dip in frame rate. These performance issues can have an impact on your gameplay, especially if you’re playing online.

Here’s what you need to do to get these low FPS issues fixed.

Solution #1 Check if PC meets the game system requirements

When experiencing fps drops in RUST, the first thing you should do is make sure your computer meets the game’s system requirements. Your computer should at the very least fulfill the minimum system requirements, but it’s preferable to have the recommended system requirements for a good gaming experience.

Windows

Windows
Minimum system requirements

Requires a 64-bit processor and Windows System

OS: Windows 8.1 64bit

Processor: Intel Core i7-3770 / AMD FX-9590 or better

Memory: 10 GB RAM

Graphics: GTX 670 2GB / AMD R9 280 better

DirectX: Version 11

Network: Broadband Internet connection

Storage: 20 GB available space

Additional Notes: SSD is highly recommended or expect longer than average load times.

Recommended system requirements

Requires a 64-bit processor and Windows System

OS: Windows 10 64bit

Processor: Intel Core i7-4790K / AMD Ryzen 5 1600

Memory: 16 GB RAM

Graphics: GTX 980 / AMD R9 Fury

DirectX: Version 12

Network: Broadband Internet connection

Storage: 20 GB available space

Additional Notes: SSD is highly recommended.

MacOS

MacOS
Minimum system requirements

Requires a 64-bit processor and OS

OS: OS X El Capitan 10.11

Processor: Intel Core i7-3770 / AMD FX-9590 or better

Memory: 10 GB RAM

Graphics: GTX 670 2GB / AMD R9 280 better

Network: Broadband Internet connection

Storage: 25 GB available space

Recommended system requirements

Requires a 64-bit processor and OS

OS: OS X El Capitan 10.11

Processor: Core i7-4790K / AMD Ryzen 5 1600

Memory: 16 GB RAM

Graphics: GTX 980 / AMD R9 Fury

Network: Broadband Internet connection

Storage: 25 GB available space

Additional Notes: SSD is highly recommended or expect longer than average load times.

Solution #2 Verify RUST game files

Corrupted RUST game files may be causing the low FPS issue. You’ll need to use the Steam client to check the integrity of the game files to resolve this. New files will be downloaded from the servers to replace any missing or corrupted files.

Verifying game files

Open Steam client.

Open Steam client

On your launcher, click the Library tab.

On your launcher, click the Library tab

Click on RUST and right-click then click Properties.

Click on RUST and right-click then click Properties.

Click the Local Files tab.

Click the Local Files tab

Click Verify integrity of game files.

Click Verify integrity of game files

Solution #3 Update graphics drivers

Outdated drivers are one of the most common causes of gaming fps drops. Make sure your graphics card has the most recent graphics drivers installed since these will include various performance improvements as well as bug patches that may prevent frame rate drops.

Updating graphics drivers

Simply type Device Manager in the search bar on your desktop and then click the Device Manager icon that appears in the results.

Simply type Device Manager in the search bar on your desktop and then click the Device Manager icon that appears in the results

Click the Display adapters icon.

Click the Display adapters icon

Right-click the graphics processor you are using to play the game and then click Update driver.

Right-click the graphics processor you are using to play the game and then click Update driver

Choose Search automatically for drivers.

Choose Search automatically for drivers

If you have a NVIDIA GPU, you can update the driver thru the GeForce Experience software, If you have an AMD video card, you can update the driver thru the AMD control center.

Solution #4 Disable Overclocking

Solution #4 Disable Overclocking

RUST performance can be improved by overclocking your GPU, CPU, and RAM. Overclocking hardware above the manufacturer’s suggested settings, on the other hand, might result in a range of problems, including a low frame rate when playing RUST. For the game to run properly and to fix RUST FPS issues disable overclocking software like MSI afterburner.

Solution #5 Close background applications

Close any open apps while playing RUST to allow the game to make the best use of its CPU, GPU, and RAM resources. This will improve your gaming experience by removing stuttering, latency, and framerate drops.

Closing applications

  • Open Task Manager by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys.
  • Choose the Processes tab and select tasks that are unnecessarily running in the background and consuming resources.
  • Click End Task to close it.

Solution #6 Disable overlay app

Overlay apps use system resources and run in the background. Frame rate decreases are possible in some games. You should turn off any overlays that are running since these could be the cause of the RUST frame rate drop and stuttering.

Disabling Steam overlay

  • Open the Launcher.
  • Click on Steam found on the upper left side of the client.
  • Click Settings.
  • Click In-Game.
  • Uncheck Enable the Overlay while in-game box.
  • Click OK.
Disable Xbox game bar
  • Click the Start button.
  • Select Settings.
  • Click Gaming.
  • Turn off the switch for Xbox Game Bar
Disable NVIDIA overlay
  • Open NVIDIA Geforce Experience.
  • Select the Settings or the gear icon.
  • Turn off In-game overlay.

Solution #7 Adjust graphics settings

One of the most typical reasons for stuttering or frame rate issue is that you are using the highest visual settings possible and your graphics card is having trouble rendering the graphics.

RUST’s frame rate can be improved by lowering the graphics settings on the Options.

Lowering graphics setting

  • Reduce Mesh Quality
  • Reduce Shadow Quality
  • Lower Graphics Quality

Solution #8 Reinstall RUST

RUST may be corrupted if the problem remains after you’ve tried all of the troubleshooting options described above. You must first uninstall and then reinstall RUST to fix the frame rate issue.

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